Birth Doula Services

"Doula-ing"....
The act of  educating, respecting, caring, empowering, listening, embracing, loving, advocating for, and assisting a woman prenatally, during labor, childbirth, and after.
She is not a healthcare provider.... She is a mother-figure of the most ancient kind.
Her life experience empowers you.  She is a reassuring presence  who will always listen to you and support you in your chosen path.  She will remind you of those choices, and the reasons you made them, when you doubt or are anxious & afraid.  She sees you;  the real you.  Her understanding of your journey supports your self-confidence.  She eases your pain with a touch, a word, a look.
She is a friend.  

She is a Doula.

a letter to you...

Dear Expectant Parents,

This season of your life is exciting and bound to be life-changing.
A well-planned support team is one of the essential tools for you to use to have the most satisfactory pregnancy, labor, birth, and postpartum period.   I am grateful that you’re considering making me a part of that team!
You may have questions about doula care and my philosophy of birth.   
Please feel free to ask me any questions during or after our initial interview.   

I have found that a woman’s birth story becomes a permanent and critical part of who she is.
To honor the impact birth has on women, I give each of my clients a written account of her birth as a keepsake after our final postpartum appointment.   I will record your story’s smallest details that make it uniquely yours
while also helping you realize the magnitude of your strength in birthing.   
I will help memorialize one of your most vulnerable yet most powerful moments. 

My goal is to help women and their partners "design" their baby's birth day through crafting birth plans
that make them feel the most calm, confident, and at peace when approaching their baby's birth.
In addition, I will provide continuous support to the mother and partner during pregnancy,
but most importantly when the big day arrives so that you both come away from the experience
feeling proud of your story no matter how it unfolds. 

Our birth stories may not be exactly what we imagined during pregnancy, trust me.... but I have learned firsthand
that with a supportive team surrounding you, your birth story can be something you want to tell
again and again, with confidence and strength. 
Happy planning!

 Congratulations,

Brandy Huckaby

hospital births

home births

BIRTH CENTER BIRTHs

Birth is often viewed as messy and unattractive.
But really, birth is miraculous, raw, vulnerable, and amazingly beautiful. You are about to embark on
one of the most empowering, transformative moments of your life. 
So why not capture these emotional events that tell your story?
And create memories you can share with your kids for a lifetime to come?

It's a day you've waited for over 9 months to experience, and I want to help you remember every beautiful detail of it.
Similar to your wedding day...This day can be such a blur by the end. 
Especially for you as you are enduring each contraction & uncomfortable moment. Because of these moments,
it can cause the good and special moments to blur as well. I am there to catch all of these little details,
to keep these memories alive.
This way, you also aren't having to burden your partner or family to document these things....
They can stay living in the moment.

hospital births

home births

BIRTH CENTER BIRTHs

Birth is often viewed as messy and unattractive.
But really, birth is miraculous, raw, vulnerable, and amazingly beautiful. You are about to embark on
one of the most empowering, transformative moments of your life. 
So why not capture these emotional events that tell your story?
And create memories you can share with your kids for a lifetime to come?

It's a day you've waited for over 9 months to experience, and I want to help you remember every beautiful detail of it.
Similar to your wedding day...This day can be such a blur by the end. 
Especially for you as you are enduring each contraction & uncomfortable moment. Because of these moments,
it can cause the good and special moments to blur as well. I am there to catch all of these little details,
to keep these memories alive.
This way, you also aren't having to burden your partner or family to document these things....
They can stay living in the moment.

What Doula Services
Include:

I serve my clients in two ways:  as a Fertility Doula, and a Birth Doula.



  • Evidence-based information on childbirth education, pregnancy information, postpartum
education & tools, breastfeeding education, and so much more!
  • Holistic resources that help along their pregnancy, labor, and postpartum periods.
  • Using a Mind-Body approach to help them through their labor with reduced tension.
  • Full emotional & physical support to both the expecting Mom and her partner
    through their journey.
  • Helping the client and her partner to navigate the day of their baby's birth
seamlessly, in a way that hopefully fulfills their vision of a dream birth for their baby.
  • Multiple prenatal visits where we will discuss in-depth and formulate their birth plan, discuss
questions for their provider, postpartum plans/needs/and desires,  physical comfort measures
that can be provided both during pregnancy & in labor, discussing all possible scenarios
for the baby's birth day and plans for each scenario, and so much more!
  • Optional package upgrade that includes my Birth Beloved Childbirth & Postpartum Class,
    which can be done at your prenatal visits (it would just make your visit longer).
    And online in-depth Breastfeeding course included in this package too!
  • 1 postpartum visit, approximately two weeks after delivery to review their
beautiful birth experience, document it down for keepsake, discuss how baby's feeding
and how sleep is going, discuss Mom's mental health, and determine if
there are any additional resources that might benefit the new parents and baby
in their new life they've created.

YOU NEVER HAVE TO GO THROUGH THIS ALONE!

As a Birth Doula, my clients receive:

I like to meet in-person with every client that is interested in
booking with me for Doula Services.
This helps with the both of us getting comfortable with one another, and lets us know if we mesh well personality-wise.
Each doula is different.  We are unique in our own ways.
I have a great love & passion for fertility, birth, & babies that started when I was young...& was nurtured in my own fertility journey & throughout my nursing career too.
Your Fertility Journey, and your baby's Birth are such intimate times, that I like to make sure you are comfortable with me
from the very start.


Booking:

During this initial consultation,
if meeting for Birth Doula services,
we will discuss what you have in mind for your baby's debut.
We will go over a generalized birth plan discussion, and
how I can assist you in making that a reality.
I will also go over limitations with you as well.
Depending on certain desires -- for example receiving an epidural -- we will discuss any limitations that may give you
in labor, and how I can still
assist you in keeping labor progressing positively, and keeping you active through your epidural.
And then we will of course have time to more personally get to know
one another, and make sure we mesh well, and that you feel
comfortable adding me to your birth team!
I can also go over my contract and payment plan information during this consultation, if desired.

To make your initial consultation go smoothly,
I recommend that you:
- ASK QUESTIONS
- DO YOUR RESEARCH
- KNOW YOUR DESIRES
- KNOW YOUR LIMITATIONS
- KNOW YOUR BIRTH PLAN

Requirements:

You MUST receive permission from both your primary OBGYN physician or midwife
AND your delivery hospital or birth center
for Birth Doula Services PRIOR to booking with me.

I am a former Labor & Delivery Registered Nurse, and I am certified as a Doula.
 Sometimes informing your physician/midwife about this can be beneficial in
getting their permission, as I am aware of the importance of their roles,
importance of sterile fields, emergent situations, and well educated in my role on the Birth Team.

There is nothing worse than NOT asking permission, and then being told that your
Birth Doula cannot come in on the day of delivery, because of the hospital's policy.
Please note:
Many hospitals have a policy on the number of people in the room during delivery...
some allow a Doula in addition to your support people limit, some would require me to be counted as one of your support people... so make sure that you know the limitations at your birthing facility.
These are all questions that can be answered by calling the hospital or birth center directly .

Have your birth center informed:  I often get caught up with getting into a birth center at night
because they are not informed I am coming, or I am not on the list of approved visitors ahead of time. 
Letting your hospital/birth center and your doctor/midwife know ahead of time that I
will be arriving, makes things run as smooth as possible with ensuring I get to you quickly.

Once you decide you want to hire me to be a part of your team,
you will need to decide which Doula package you want
to purchase.   I will then send you a Contract to sign
electronically, and an Invoice for your Retainer Fee/Booking
deposit to pay securely online.
Once these two things are completed, I will officially be
booked for your chosen services.

Once booked, we will set up any in-person appointments you
may need with me (prenatals, consultatations, etc.). 
You will also start receiving periodic texts from me to check in,
along with emails approximately every two weeks, starting
around 30 weeks gestation in your pregnancy...
These emails will address things you may be experiencing,
 tips and advice for your stage of pregnancy,
important reminders and notes for you
regarding your upcoming appointments, contact info, etc.
These will be essential for you, and our communication,
so please be sure to read these once you receive them.   
And if you do not see these emails in your inbox
by 34 weeks gestation, check your spam folder, and notify me.

The Process:

For Birth Doula services,
we will have a couple prenatal appointments in your 3rd trimester...and then when you hit 37 weeks gestation,
I will begin my "on-call" time for you, where I am available
basically 24/7, until baby arrives.
This means that I do not travel out of the DFW area for any
personal reasons, unless emergent, and I block off
my schedule as much as possible. 
I am completely devoted to making sure I am there for
you when you need me on your baby's birth day.
If I have an appointment, family function, or another birth or photoshoot during your on-call time,
I will always try to give you a heads up, so that you can
give me plenty of notice to leave if I need to.

If you receive a scheduled induction date, please inform me as soon as possible.   You will also (obviously) need to inform me as soon as possible should you go into labor on your own.
Have someone CALL me with what is going on,
along with hospital or birth center room information,
so that I can meet you there for the birth.

Birth Doula Labor Support involves me arriving
at your hospital labor room, home (for home birth), or birth center once you are in labor
(we will discuss a pre-determined time). 

I do request a 2-hr window from the time you notify me, until I am expected to be by your side, supporting you in your labor.
Obviously, you do not know when your baby will arrive, so how do you determine this 2-hr window???
It's easy.... once you start having contractions or your water breaks, or whatever happens that you think "today might be the day"....
CALL OR TEXT ME! 
 Let me know what's going on.  
Usually at that point, you have an hour or two while you are timing your contractions and getting everything together, before you are going to be arriving at your birthing location, or calling a midwife to come to your home.   So, this gives me adequate time to get my things together, get my kids squared away, etc.
without risking missing the birth.

Now, it's your job to let me know as soon as you are officially in labor....You know, the point of no return???
I usually say this is when the hospital finally admits you for good;
or if it is a home birth, this would be when you call your midwife.
If we have not already decided for me to head your way before then...this is when you would begin keeping me up to date with the progress of your labor, so I can prepare to head that way
when you feel the time is right.

**Your past labor experiences and our prior conversations will help determine at exactly what point we should aim for me to try to arrive.

click here for my doula package info!

Why Hire a Doula?

Research shows that having a Doula as a part of your birth teams helps in a variety of ways, including:
-   Reduced rate of pain medication use,
-   Less use of Pitocin and other labor induction medications,
-   Fewer negative birth experiences,
-   Shorter labors,
-   Higher rate of spontaneous vaginal births
-   Higher newborn Apgar scores
-   Increased breastfeeding rates & success

Doulas are there for you to:
-   Provide information including prenatal/postpartum education & resources,
-   Answer questions about labor & birth,
-   Emotionally support you...including encouragement  & calm birth environment,
- Give relaxation techniques & physical pain relief measures,
-   Be physical labor support including position changes  & massage or hydrotherapy,
-   Foster positive communication with doctors/midwives/nurses,
-   Support you in informed decision-making & helping women
to advocate for themselves in their birth,
-   Provide postpartum breastfeeding support

Know that births are unexpected:
 Some mothers deliver in 3 hours, some in 72 hours.
Birth itself is a miraculous thing, and thus so very
unexpected.    I support you during as much of your birth
as I can, but if there are circumstances that prevent me
from being in the room, I will try to have back up options to make
sure you are as covered as you can be.

My goal obviously, is not to miss the birth of your child,
however there are certain situations that may not allow
for this.... this includes but is not limited to, an
unexpectedly fast delivery, delivery outside of the
birthing facility (in the car), traffic or accidents on my
way to the hospital/birth center/home birth delaying my arrival,
personal family emergency for me at the time of labor,
or emergency situations resulting in me not being allowed in the delivery room
or operating room (OR) when delivery takes place.


Birth What-ifs:

If these unexpected situations happen to occur, and I
miss the birth, I will stay to support your first hours
with baby... and ensure you guys have all of the care you need in those immediate postpartum hours. 
I can also try to come back in the next day or two for a
FREE Fresh 48 photoshoot. 

NO REFUNDS will be given for these unexpected
situations, because I have still been on-call for your
delivery, and provided
your prenatal visits and pregnancy support throughout
the months leading up to baby's birth day. 
But trust me, I will make up these costs to you with the Fresh 48 photoshoot and/or additional postpartum support if preferred!

One final note:
Birth is just too intimate of an event not to have a tiny
and probably forever bond with each client of mine.
So, if I shed a tear or two, don't mind me....
I get fully engulfed in the experience.
But honestly, that's my favorite part of this job
and I think that is what makes it so powerful
and meaningful to those who I have worked with.

I love sharing motherhood with other women,
I love talking through the tough stuff, and cherishing the beautiful pieces of this chaotic journey together.

I can't wait to see
how i can help you through
your journey!

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doula services?

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